UK maritime security and the Battle of the Atlantic Harry Bennett PhD, naval historian and lecturer at Plymouth University, considers the contemporary relevance of the Battle of the Atlantic In May 2013 the seventieth anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic was marked by a number of academic conferences and public events, reflecting the fact…

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Marine renewable energy Commodore Steven Jermy RN, co-founder and managing director of Tidepod Ltd, looks to the future of a promising renewable energy source As Western economies bounce along the bottom, with the shipping consequences reflected in the recent historic lows in the Baltic Dry Index, it is refreshing to know that there is at…

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An inventory of changes and challenges in the maritime sector Paul Wright FNI, Master Mariner, Associate Director of the Marine Institute at Plymouth University, reviews Britain’s maritime interests and examines some trends Britain is an island nation but its influence has been global. Plymouth, which recently hosted the Britain and the Sea 2 symposium, is…

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Shipbuilding and marine engineering – supporting modern apprenticeships Archie Smith, Chairman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights Training and Education Committee, looks to the future. Photo: Nick Bailey/Pendennis The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights is a City Livery Company, and the earliest written references to its existence date from the thirteenth century. In 1782 the Company petitioned…

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Promoting the UK through science, education and training Maldwin Drummond OBE DL is inspired by the educational focus of the UK Flagship project Photo: Copyright Colin Mudie RDI, CEng, FRINA, Hon FRIN. Seventy per cent of the world’s surface is covered by water. We have been navigating the seas for generations, using vessels ranging from boats…

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Myth, heritage, economic dependence, sea anemones and sailing experience Marine biologist Ella du Breuil on the roots of her affection and respect for the sea Photo: Louis Mackay While it is not only Britons who are enamoured of the oceans, being an island nation has, for centuries, moulded our thoughts and dreams of the sea.…

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Britain and the Sea Conference Plymouth University, 4–5 September 2012 Keynote Address by Julian Parker OBE FNI FRSA, Chairman, Maritime Foundation Introduction Where there is no vision the people perish Proverbs When thinking about my brief for the key note address, this proverb came to mind. However, it is one thing to conceive a vision, and…

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The Awards give recognition to those who promote maritime awareness and inspire people in their understanding of our dependence on the sea Maritime Media Awards Brochure 2011 Photo: NASA Who could have imagined that with just a click of a mouse you could find out the temperature of the sea, not only on the surface but…

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The entire earth’s climate is intimately tied to the behaviour of the oceans Oceanographer Dr John Gould highlights the importance of the oceans in our climate, and the consequent need to observe them Photo: NASA, GSFC When Arthur C Clarke saw photographs of our planet taken by the Apollo astronauts he exclaimed that the earth had…

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How can the Royal Navy ensure that its key messages make an impact? Iain Ballantyne considers the ceaseless campaign that the Royal Navy must wage Photo: Crown copyright For many tasked with getting the Navy’s ‘messages’ across to the broader population, the key battleground for the national consciousness is inevitably in the national and regional press,…

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Recognising this country’s long association with the sea Captain John Sail MNM MNI, National Chairman of the Merchant Navy Association, places the work of the MNA in its historical context Photo: 19th-century chromolithograph by M Reilly. Jojan / Wikimedia Commons From as early as the fifteenth century the prosperity of the English nation was seen as…

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